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‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Encourage Vigilantes

It’s been a harsh February, and I’m not talking about the weather. As the annual celebration of the accomplishments of black Americans, replete with references to President Obama, was winding down, the month presented a stark reminder of the casual bigotry that still haunts the lives of black citizens. The verdict in the Florida shooting […]

February 22, 2014

No Ground For ‘Stand Your Ground’

WASHINGTON — The law is supposed to solve problems, not create them. Laws should provide for as much clarity as possible, not expand the realms of ambiguity and subjectivity. Laws ought to bring about the practical results their promoters claim they’ll achieve. And at its best, the law can help us to live together more […]

February 20, 2014

White Fear Trumps Black Life

“You can get killed just for living in your American skin.” — Bruce Springsteen On Aug. 7, 1930, two young black men were lynched in Marion, Indiana. A photographer named Lawrence Beitler had a studio across the street from the lynching tree. He came out and snapped what became an iconic photo, which he made […]

February 19, 2014

A Few More Thoughts On ‘Thug’

“I hate that thug music.” This, according to Rhonda Rouer’s testimony last week, is what her fiancé, Michael Dunn, said when they pulled into a Jacksonville, FL gas station next to an SUV full of black kids who had the stereo up high, pumping some obnoxious, bass-heavy rap. Rouer was inside the convenience store when […]

February 12, 2014